Odd Town Oddities

Posted: 8. April 2010 in Uncategorized
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Once again I find myself in the dark and rainy stomach of Odd Town, walking down King's Street pass the weird pieces of art the city council placed some years ago on account of the anniversary of a famous writer who used to live in this town.

Like many other kids around the World and every child born in Denmark for the last 100 years, I am familiar with most of the tales he wrote. However, I fail to grasp the connection between 'The Shepherdess and The Sweep' and this strange sculpture that rises in front of me, an obelisk with a tableau of two naked figures on top of it.

The Sheperdess and The Sweep,
one of H. C. Andersen's fairy tales
inspired this strange sculpture.

Odd Town has many such wonders to the eye.

One of them is a big, futuristic nightmare of a building which almost forces itself out from a group of houses from the 17. century. It is called 'West-gate' and according to the architects it was build as a celebration of the old city gate, which was situated where the building is now. Only, there has never been a city gate on that position let alone 'West gate'.

West-gate, an omen of ugly.
Townsfolk call it 'Noah's Ark'.

Another is the 'Rose Creek'. This is a water sculpture that runs cross The Rose Square, supposedly inspired by a creek that used to facilitate the houses with fresh water in the late 18. century. The truth is, that the historical Rose Creek was anything but fresh. It was actually a part of the not particularly efficient sewer system of that time.

Rose Creek.
If it was supposed to be authentic
'Crap Creek' would have been more appropriate.

The worst example might be the house which is supposed to be the birthplace of the aforementioned famous Danish writer. On his 100th anniversary in 1904 the city council announced a certain house to be where he was born. The truth is that nobody really knows where he was born. He wrote about his home, but with a writer's memory and without mentioning an exact adress.

No historical evidence support
that this is H. C. Andersen's birthplace,
but tourists by the thousands
visit it every summer, and there is a museum inside.

I wonder what the Chinese tourist with their Conan E500s would say, if they new this.

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Comments
  1. gdare says:

    Rose Creek… I guess it got its name after someone cynically comapred its smell with roses` :lol:At least pigeons are happy now 😀

  2. Aqualion says:

    I believe those are ducks. We have ducks everywhere in Odense, so whereever there's water in some form, there will be ducks. They even swim around in rainwater on a flat roof. True. And it's not because they lack 'real' water. There are several streams and creeks and canals criss-crossing Odense and of course Odense River itself, but ducks will be ducks.

  3. edwardpiercy says:

    Well I've never read "The Sheperdess and the Sweep" unfortunately but from the looks of the statue they certainly had a good time. Great post. I think things like that are revisionist history — in the bad sense of the term. And it really enters into the realm of folklore or urban legend. Awesome new ABOUT photo, BTW.

  4. gdare says:

    Originally posted by Aqualion:

    I believe those are ducks.

    Oh, a photo is small enough for my tired eyes so I supposed there are pigeons bathing :doh:

  5. Aqualion says:

    I actually got the idea for the profile photo from a dream I had where I was walking the streets of Prague (Well, it looked and felt like Prague, but it could have been any European city), and I tried to capture the mood of that dream. Of course, it is designed from three seperate pictures. Even the Moon is fake.I am contemplating on going to Europe (that's what we say in Denmark, we don't really consider ourselves as part of Europe) in the summer. Might go to Prague, or somewhere else (Put the kettle on, Darko!).

  6. edwardpiercy says:

    You know they filmed Amadeus in Prague.

  7. gdare says:

    :up:*pours the water*

  8. Aqualion says:

    I didn't know that. I know they filmed some vampire movies there, and ever since Prague has become the vampire capitol of Europe which makes no sense. Vampires are from Transsylvania, which is the western part of Romania, almost as far from Prague as Denmark, in the opposite direction. It's true, Prague was once a city of magic and sorcerers – there's an entire street called 'Alchemist's Street' – but not vampires.I liked 'Amadeus' though. Actually it was one of the first films, I got myself on video tape.

  9. Zaphira says:

    Noah's ark. Hmm… I wonder if it's shape is a litle bit like "Arken" in Ishøj? I've visited the house they say H C Andersen is born in, years ago. I don't think I'll go there again…

  10. Aqualion says:

    I have only been inside H. C. Andersen's House one time myself, but went by it umfteen times. It's in the old part of town and surrounded by some quite interesting buildings, and there are five or six music stores in the area and a few good restaurants as well.Noahs Ark is because it looks like a big ugly ship with that pointed glass-construction pushing it's way out from the buildings.

  11. Aqualion says:

    I have only been inside H. C. Andersen's House one time myself, but went by it umfteen times. It's in the old part of town and surrounded by some quite interesting buildings, and there are five or six music stores in the area and a few good restaurants as well.Noahs Ark is because it looks like a big ugly ship with that pointed glass-construction pushing it's way out from the buildings.

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